PAL vs NTSC DVD Basics

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For DVDs, there are two world wide standards that are followed for the video formatting of a DVD.  NTSC and PAL are these two standards.

There are a few distinctions between PAL DVDs and NTSC DVDs.

NTSC DVDs have a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second and have a screen resolutions of  720 X 480.  NTSC is the more widely used and accepted format for DVDs.

PAL DVDs have a frame rate of 25 frames per second and have a screen resolution of 720 X 576.  All PAL DVD players can also play NTSC DVDs, however, the converse is not true.  Most NTSC DVD players cannot play PAL DVDs.

It is for this reason that the best format choice to distribute your DVD project would be NTSC.

Most authoring platforms will author both NTSC and PAL DVDs, however, it is very difficult to convert one to the other once the format has been chosen.  The reasoning behind this is that the vertical resolution of an NTSC to PAL comparison is 480 to 576, so if conversion was to occur between the two formats, there would be some vertical squeezing or stretching of the video depending on which way the conversion went.  So you end up with people and objects that either look unusually tall or unusually short, or you will have to cut of some of the screen, all are un-natural looks.

So if you are deciding whether to create a project in PAL vs NTSC, your best bet is to shoot, edit and author all in the same format.  Mixing format, example: shooting in PAL and editing and authoring in NTSC will still result in a skewed perspective.

So know your format, your target audience, and choose accordingly.

If you have questions and would like to inquire about our DVD Authoring Services, Contact us today.  We would be happy to provide you with a great finished product.

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Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Blu-ray(BD) Duplication Services now within Reach

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Well its finally happening.  The costs for genuinely good quality blank Blu-ray media has been progressively coming down and is now within reach of many customers for both data and hi-def video jobs.  Most credible duplicators have not been at a reasonable price point until now, as the supply of solid BD-Rs has been very pricey.   With the most recent reduction in blank bluray discs, on average, a blu-ray disc is now prices about $2 above the current price of a standard DVD.  We are seeing more and more interest in Bluray duplication as a viable delivery medium.  The availability of Blu-ray drives and blu-ray players in the home  and in the workplace are now, in my opinion, abundant enough to make this possible.

Film Festivals:

Here is another area that we are seeing good influx of blu-ray requests.   It seems that more and more film festivals are requesting submissions on bluray.  At DVD Coypcat we are fielding many calls from clients who have hi-def source material that need to be converted to a Blu-ray Master then duplicated for distribution to film festivals.

Bluray Authoring Platforms:

Blu-ray authoring platforms are also becoming more robust and I have been seeing less and less frustration with BD master creation these days.  I personally have experienced a good deal of frustration with some Platforms over the past two years and have only recently had more regular success with some of the more up to date systems.

Archiving using Blu-ray Discs:

Here is another popular use for bluray discs.  Archiving everything from tens of thousands of family photos, to sensitive data for businesses.

All and all, we are projecting the first significant inroads for Blu-ray Duplication in 2011 and we expect to see this continue strongly through 2012 and 2013.

For more information, take a look at our Blu-ray Duplication and Services page for more information and pricing, or just give us a call at 1-866-210-8768.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher
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